Praying for a solider has changed my perspective on how I take my freedom for granted. When I stop to think about it, I live as though it is my right and dog gone it, I deserve to live in a country where I have known no other way. But if I stop there, that would mean that those who live in a part of the world where they have little freedom and live under oppression deserve that way of life too. It comes down to the fact that there is no real justice in where we are born and the circumstances of the government we find ourselves ruled by. I have come to be so much more thankful and appreciative of the men and women of our armed forces and the sacrifice they are making to give me the right to freedom. One of the gals in my "tribe", saturday morning coffee group, has a son that has been deployed. Just hearing regular updates of the conditions and morale of our guys and gals who have chosen to put themselves in harms way on a daily basis has really taken me to pray daily/hourly for our solider. He asks for prayer for his fellow soldiers as well and the difficulties they have being away from loved ones and having to be "on" everyday in the face of mortal danger. Our "tribe" has been wearing these bracelets as a reminder to pray for our solider as well the rest of our military. I have only had this bracelet for a week, but I cannot tell you how many times a day I have been reminded by this bracelet to pray for our solider. I would challenge you to make yourself some kind of reminder to pray for our military on a regular basis. Our solider depends on prayers to get him through his time of service to our country. This is the verse I pray for our solider regularly.
God is your refuge and strength an ever-present help in trouble. Psalms 41:1